Butterfly Joins The Bird Cage

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tbirdsThe Soo Thunderbirds have announced on Thursday they have acquired free agent defenceman Khadyn Butterfly from the OJHL’s Markham Royals.

Through 19 games with the Royals this season, Butterfly had 4 goals and 8 points along with 40 penalty minutes.

“Khadyn brings a lot of experience to our back end and will certainly add some offensive skills to the team,” said T-Birds General Manager Jamie Henderson.

The 20 year old Moosenee, Ontario product, who stands 6’2 and 185 lbs, had 16 goals and 48 points for the NOJHL’s Sudbury Cubs/Nickel Barons through 113 games along with 153 penalty minutes from seasons 2011-2015, before going to the OJHL’s Hamilton Red Wings during 2014-2015.

“There will be tremendous competition amongst our group of 7 defencemen for minutes which will benefit our entire team as we begin the second half of our season this weekend,” concluded Henderson.

The former assistant captain of the Sudbury Nickel Barons also suited up for the CJHL prospects game during last season and played a trio of games with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves during 2013-2014. He was named the NOJHL’s most improved player in 2013-2014.


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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.